Drunk drivers, a car chase, a death

Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 244

A man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after a wild car chase killed an innocent driver on Telephone Road late Friday night.

Herman Rodriguez Torres, 36, was charged after the Chevy Suburban he was driving smashed into a Toyota Corolla in the 3200 block of Telephone Road. Torres and another man had been spotted assaulting someone behind a restaurant and took off, eventually losing a police officer. At one point, with an HPD helicopter following them, they stopped at an underpass and switched places, putting Torres behind the wheel for the fatal crash.

Both he and his fellow driver, Rodolfo Lopez Salinas, 26, were taken to the hospital. Salinas was charged with DWI.

The victim's identity has not been released.

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